Fourth of July – Tahoe Style

June 28, 2011

There may be no better place on earth to spend the Fourth of July holiday than Lake Tahoe. The warm temperatures and crystal clear waters set among the giant pine trees and towering granite mountains is reason in itself to celebrate. Throw in a weekend of fantastic events and it’s no wonder more and more people will be honoring this great country by showing off their red, white, and Tahoe blue.

Happy Birthday America!

While it may be an Independence Day celebration, the residents on the north shore have an extended weekend of fun activities planned. Actually, thanks to some local merchants the holiday party gets kicked off even before the weekend.

On Thursday, there will be a “Star Spangled Street Dance” held in the parking lot of La Hacienda. The event, sponored by the Optimist Club, features live music, a dunk tank,  an “Uncle Sam Relay,” and lots of tasty food and cold beverages.

The All-American fun continues Saturday with a pancake breakfast at Incline’s main firehouse at 8 am. At 10 am, the town will host its “America the Beauty Parade,” which will run through the center of town to the Village Green. Later that afternoon, the excitement turns toward the sky – and while not for an early fireworks display, something just as amazing.

Pararescuemen will drop from an MC-130 and parachute down into the waters off Incline Beach. A HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopoter will then swoop down and hover over them – and a mock survivor – until they are safely brought aboard (mock survivor included).

On Independence Day, there is a whole slew of family events planned throughout the north shore. It all reaches its crescendo that evening with the annual fireworks show at Incline Beach. (For a complete list of events, visit

Tahoe City has its 65th annual fireworks show that evening as well. The bright lights can be seen from Incline Beach across the lake, so keep an eye out for a nice double feature. Neighboring community Kings Beach launches its pyrotechnic display the day earlier on Sunday evening – thus there will be plenty of eye- and ear-popping sulphuric enjoyment for all.

In the end, while extremely exciting, it’s not the pomp and circumstance that matters each and every Independence Day. It’s more about the quality time spent with friends and family and remembering all the men and women who have made the Red, White, and Blue so great. That in itself is reason enough to celebrate.

Have a great and safe Fourth of July.

Summer is Finally Here – Let the Games Begin

June 24, 2011

A few weeks ago it was snowing in the Sierra Nevada. Despite being the end of May, the area was receiving yet another 6-12 inches on top of an already record snowpack. With the ski resorts closed and everyone’s mind on summer, it was not a sight for sore, snow-blinded eyes.

Like the occasional elderly driver behind the wheel, Old Man Winter took his sweet time leaving the area. In fact, according to scienitsts at the Central Sierra Snow Lab, they had nearly 54 feet of snow this year. While not quite a record, the late spring storms did give most parts of the Tahoe Basin record snow depths for that time of year. The June 7 total at the snow lab was 7.8 feet, roughly two inches higher than the previous record set back in 1967.

Squaw Vally Ski Resort saw more snow this year than it has since it started keeping records back in 1970 and Northstar-At-Tahoe had 667 inches, which is the most snowfall in 25 years.  That was fantastic news to skiers and snowboarders, but once the ski resorts closed after Memorial Day – all eyes turned wishfully toward summer.

Let There Be Sun

Fortunately, residents and visitors got their wish. Shortly after several cold fronts moved through, sunshine and warmth descended upon the alpine region. The 70+ temperatures quickly melted all the snow around the lake. The fantasic weather has only continued and the snow is retreating toward the higher elevations like glaciers at the end of the last Ice Age.

The result of which now has residents and visitors gearing up for a fantastic summer. While the creek and river runoff will be extrmely high – and cold – just about all normal summer activities are underway. Most golf courses, such as the Incline Village Championship and Mountain Course, are open and people are already out hiking, biking, and boating. Even many raft companies are in full operation.

After such a long and frigid winter, the summer has finally come to Lake Tahoe. And that’s a sight for sore eyes.

For a complete list of activities to do in the area & places to see – along with recommended rental and guide companies to use – don’t hesitate to call us at (775) 832-4646 or email us at info@goldfishproperties.